Customer newsletter edition 04|2012

Renaming of runways at Berlin-Schönefeld airport (EDDB)
With effect from AIRAC 3 MAY 2012 and in preparation for the implementation of parallel runway operations at the future airport Berlin-Brandenburg, the existing runways at the airport Berlin-Schönefeld (EDDB) will be renamed as follows:

- Runway 07 will be renamed runway 07L
- Runway 25 will be renamed runway 25R


New Berlin airspace structure as of 3 June

A new airspace structure will enter into effect with the start of operations of the two parallel runways at the new Berlin Brandenburg International Airport and the simultaneous closure of Tegel Airport on 3 June 2012. Airspace Class C has been adapted to account for the new airport with its new arrival, departure and radar-vectoring routes. A downloadable version of the updated section of the ICAO aeronautical chart – a version for gliders is also available – can be accessed at the website of the German air navigation service provider DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung at www.dfs.de. please find further information here.


Satellite-based landing system GBAS at BREMEN (EDDW)

GBAS debut at Bremen Airport 9 February 2012.- The satellite-based precision approach system GBAS (Ground Based Augmentation System) has received the German type certification as a primary landing system by the Federal Supervisory Authority for Air Navigation Services (BAF) and may be used independently of the instrument landing system (ILS) which has been is use for decades for instrument flights. At Bremen Airport, DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung will be the first air navigation service provider in the world to operate GBAS for CAT I precision approaches for regular air services. GBAS provides digital guidance for precision approaches using a Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS). The system boosts the accuracy and integrity of GPS by transmitting corrections to the aircraft. Currently, GBAS is being installed at airports as a supplement to ILS. In the future, GBAS will replace ILS when all aircraft are equipped with the appropriate on-board receivers. The system offers a large number of advantages compared to ILS. Firstly, weather and obstacles have no negative impact on the system. Secondly, the equipment does not need to be surrounded by a protected area to prevent possible interference by taxiing aircraft at the airport. Furthermore, up to 26 arrivals, destined for various runways, can be supported by just one GBAS station. On top of that, the system does not need to be checked by flight inspection as often as an ILS system. This makes it much more cost-effective, both in purchase price and maintenance costs.
DFS has been working on pilot projects in Munich and Frankfurt testing this type of GPS technology since the mid-1990s. The GBAS station in Bremen, built by the company Honeywell, has been used in test operations since 2008 with the two airlines TUIfLy and Air Berlin under instrument meteorological conditions down to minimum descent altitude. Air Berlin has already received approval for unlimited use of the GBAS system for its Boeing 737 next-generation fleet under CAT I meteorological conditions. By the middle of the decade, certification for GBAS operations under all-weather operations (CAT II and CAT III) is expected.


Procedures with regard to transitions
There have recently been repeated cases of pilots incorrectly conducting procedures with regard to transitions in Bremen airspace. For this reason, DFS would like to draw attention to the valid regulations concerning clearances on transitions and radio communication failures.

Please note the following extract from the AIP IFR, in particular the contents of paragraph 3:  AIP IFR ENR 1.5